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Sustainability: A Common Sense Choice

Sustainability has shifted from a buzzword to something simply expected. Not to mention it has taken on numerous forms through the years.

From cost savings provided by enhanced energy efficiency to the personal satisfaction from being environmentally responsible, there are many reasons for choosing to build a “green” or “sustainable” building. However, these efforts, when included in the building design upfront can save in maintenance and energy costs down the road.

Sustainability isn’t just for new buildings. It can be used to revitalize and preserve existing structures. RKR renovated a closed Ingle’s Grocery store, transforming it into a concert venue creating Mill Town Music Hall which provided the following benefits:


  1. Improved profitability through cost savings from using more efficient systems and equipment for power, water and the related infrastructure that drives the demands on these resources.
  2. Improved amenity for staff and visitors by incorporating natural lighting as well as a reduction in toxic products used such as paints, internal finishes, materials, carpets etc.
  3. Improved environmental outcomes due to water and waste water recycling and innovative, coordinated, and cost effective building design.

“Most, if not all, of our projects in past five years have been designed with sustainability in mind. Not only is it a common sense approach, it’s the right thing to do,” said Randall Redding, Founder & CEO of R.K. Redding Construction.

Whether or not full LEED Certification is accomplished or if the project simply follows sustainable standards, the results from sustainable design and construction practices can be quite significant. We can expect sustainable building to be considered the new normal.



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